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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams wins her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, defeating sister Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 for her seventh Australian Open crown.

- MELBOURNE, Australia - In a riveting throwback, Roger Federer plays Rafael Nadal for the Australian Open title. It's been almost six years since these rivals met in a Grand Slam final. Match starts Sunday 3 a.m.

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- HARTFORD, Conn. - The top-ranked UConn women try to stretch their NCAA record winning streak to 95 games. The Huskies play Houston in Hartford, where UConn is nearly unbeatable. Game starts noon.

- LEXINGTON, Ky. - No. 2 Kansas and No. 4 Kentucky look to bounce back from league losses when they meet in the marquee matchup of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Game starts 6 p.m.

- SAN DIEGO - Justin Rose has a one-shot lead over Brandt Snedeker and Adam Hadwin at the Farmers Insurance Open, which no longer includes Tiger Woods. Jason Day and Dustin Johnson also missed the cut.

- HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The final race for California Chrome. The two-time Horse of the Year - soon to be retired - meets rival Arrogate in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup. Post time 5:45 p.m.

- LOS ANGELES - Commissioner Gary Bettman doesn't expect a decision this weekend on whether the NHL will shut down for the Pyeongchang Olympics. ... Skills competition of All-Star weekend starts 7 p.m.

- New England is in the Super Bowl for the ninth time in 31 years, going for its fifth championship. Atlanta is still looking for their first. A look at other title games featuring such disparities.

- ATLANTA - The Falcons put on quite the show in their first Super Bowl trip - just not on the field. Those Falcons, known as ''The Dirty Birds,'' were routed by Denver in John Elway's final game.

- FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Defensive end Chris Long has made the most of his short time in New England and can earn a Super Bowl ring 33 years after Hall of Fame father Howie Long did so.

- OAKLAND, Calif. - The Warriors, with the NBA's best record, return home from a four-game road trip to host the Clippers. Los Angeles (30-17) trails Golden State by 9 1/2 games. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

- ORLANDO - The NFL, never quite sure how to approach its Pro Bowl, returns to its traditional AFC vs. NFC matchup Sunday night.

- MOBILE, Ala. - Alabama tight end O.J. Howard and Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp are among the NFL prospects hoping to shine at the Senior Bowl. Game starts 2:30 p.m.

- DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jeff Gordon headlines the twice-round-the-clock Rolex 24 at Daytona. There is no favorite this year and the best battles could be in the lower divisions. Race starts 2:30.

- CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy - Defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut wins a downhill for the first time this season. Lindsey Vonn crashes for the second consecutive day.

- GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - Austria's Hannes Reichelt captures a downhill for his first World Cup victory this season. There were no major crashes, unlike a day earlier.